Liverpool (a) Premier Reserve League North
16 mins Miles 1-0
Half time: Liverpool Reserves 2 Newcastle Reserves 1
87 mins Partridge
birthday boy Tommy Craig (51 today) commented:
"We really got a grip of the game after Jamie's goal and we played very well.
"We got an equaliser when Michael Chopra set up Jamie McClen for a well worked goal.
"At this stage there looked as though there was only going to be one winner and that was us.
"But right on the death Liverpool broke away and Ritchie Partridge poked in the winner for them.
"To tell the truth I would have been disappointed if we had played a 2-2 draw so you can tell how upset I am we lost.
"To be fair to Liverpool their coach Sammy Lee came across and said how well we played and how unlucky we were to lose.
"When the dust has settled we can look back on the fact we played some fine flowing football from our midfield of McClen, Stuart Green, Brian Kerr and Mark Boyd."
A late goal at a rain-drenched Haig Avenue denied Tommy Craig a 51st birthday present as his reserve side lost 3-2 to a strong Liverpool second-string. United had clawed their way back from two goals down and were unlucky to fall to an 87th minute Ritchie Partridge goal.
John Miles shot the home side into the lead after 15 minutes amid torrential rain and Biscan made it 2-0 with a 30-yarder after 33 minutes.
Jamie Coppinger pulled one back a
minute later with a low shot past an unsighted Kirkland from the edge of
the box and after the break Jamie McClen equalised after 66 minutes
following a clever pass from Andy Griffin and a layoff from substitute
Michael Chopra. Four minutes later a McClen corner was cleared off the
line by Diomede and a goalbound Chopra header also beat the keeper but not
Partridge however got the winner with
three minutes to go when Carl Bell made a great save from a Diomede shot
but Partridge was on hand to slam home the rebound.